Wow. It's already Friday? Where did the time go?! Sometimes, it feels like the week just flew by. Ever wonder how this is possible? Better yet, ever wonder how you can slow it down?
The Time Phenomenon
One theory on this that we perceive time relatively, meaning it feels like it's passing faster as we age. For example, do you remember what how long an hour felt like when you were five compared to today? It probably has quite a bit to do with it. But there are other factors at play. So, while we can't control how relative time passes, we can control certain aspects of our busy lifestyles.
Here are 4 ways to help slow things down for next week:
1) Stop What You're Doing We're always rushing and not stopping for a moment to smell the roses, take a break, or just simply enjoy life for a little. Rushing all day every day will only make your days go faster. So slow it down, bring it to a steady pace, at least for a little while. You're most likely overbooking your calendar with too many obligations and tasks. So try lightening your schedule by removing whatever is not absolutely necessary.
2) Get a Head Start If you really can't afford to lighten your schedule this coming week, try this tip...Sometimes, I like to get up a half-hour early just to get some things done first thing in the morning. It's great to get some things out of the way such as replying back to emails, doing the laundry, cooking to save time for later, or just getting some general work done. I time myself to see how fast I can complete my tasks and I personally enjoy the challenge. I call this "power working" and I do this every so often to make it feel like I've got loads of extra time to play with or enjoy. It also helps me relax knowing that I don't have to worry about certain tasks later in the day. But do it only once in a while, not every day!
3) De-stress In a study published in Ammons Scientific, researchers discovered that stress and “time pressure” speed up the day. The more stressed we are, the less likely we are to be focused and present on the moment. When we do that, we don’t have time to take in our surroundings and build detailed memories. Thus, our perception of time flies. So, find ways to de-stress such as enjoying a book, or a nice movie, taking a walk in the park or going for a run.
4) Meditate Live in the moment. The best way to do that is to practice meditation. Meditating will help slow things down for you because you get to focus on the present. You don't have to be an expert at this. Just find a quiet spot, count to ten and focus on your breathing. It will instantly relax you and you will harness mindfulness simply by paying attention to your thoughts, feelings and the present.